Signs and route markings
THE EIFELSTEIG IS A CERTIFIED PREMIUM ROUTE, AND AS SUCH IS MARKED AND SIGNED IN CONFORMITY WITH THE CRITERIA OF THE DEUTSCHES WANDERINSTITUT (GERMAN HIKING INSTITUTE).
The Eifelsteig logo points the way as a marker along the entire route.
The logo is sprayed as a “colour mark” on tree trunks or rocks, for example, as a “marker sign” or “plaque” on walls, posts or trees, or attached as “marker stickers” to lamp posts, poles or the rear side of traffic signs.
The marks are made in both directions, from Aachen to Trier and from Trier to Aachen.
Marking is applied at sight level, particularly at turnoffs. However, gaps may unfortunately occur due to weathering or vandalism. If in doubt, follow one of several paths at junctions, and if no further mark is to be seen after a short period of time, then you are on the wrong track. However, this situation is unlikely to arise very often.
The Eifelsteig signs have a blue tip. In some cases, the signs also show the Eifelsteig logo and the logo of the partner routes.
They show the distance to the next destinations. They also show pictograms for restaurants, accommodation, viewpoints, tourist information or hiking huts.
There is a place name on every signpost. This also shows information on the height above sea level and the position, as well as UTM coordinates. These coordinates offer hikers the option of orienting themselves using GPS (Global Positioning System) devices. The signs also show the telephone number of the nearest tourist information centre.
The number can also be used to report faults on the path and the signs.